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Trump’s Interior secretary under ethics investigation — less than a week after his confirmation

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Less than a week after President Donald Trump’s new Interior Secretary David Bernhardt was confirmed by the Senate, the agency’s inspector general has opened an investigation into him, according to The New York Times.

Bernhardt, a former agricultural and oil lobbyist who served as deputy secretary under his predecessor Ryan Zinke, is the subject of complaints from eight Democratic senators and four ethics watchdog organizations.

Some of the allegations include that he improperly advanced a policy requested by a former lobbying client; that he kept doing lobbying work even after he deregistered as a lobbyist; and that he buried a report suggesting that the pesticide chlorpyrifos could pose a harm to endangered species.

Deputy Inspector General Mary Kendall has stated that the office will investigate “a wide assortment of complainants alleging various conflicts of interest and other violations” by Bernhardt.

Bernhardt became acting secretary following the resignation of Zinke, who was himself facing 18 different federal investigations into his alleged acts of retaliation, and abuse of power and taxpayer money.

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DOJ policy blocking Trump from being indicted ‘factored into’ the end of the Stormy Daniels case: report

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Federal prosecutors decided to close the investigation into the 2016 criminal hush money payment to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal that benefitted the Trump campaign because, in part, of the policy that prevents the indictment of a sitting president, according to a new report from USA Today citing an anonymous source.

Michael Cohen has already pleaded guilty to the violation of campaign finance law. He said that he carried out the effort in coordination with and at the direction of then-candidate Donald Trump in order to increase his chances of victory in the 2016 presidential election.

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Trump’s Pentagon spokeswoman forced staff to run errands — and even help her adopt a foster child: report

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On Thursday, the Department of Defense Inspector General released a scathing report on ex-Pentagon spokesperson Dana White, the result of an investigation that began last year following ethics complaints from her staff.

The IG concluded that White used federal staffers to help her run personal errands both during and outside of work hours. Officials were forced to book her personal travel, deliver lunch and snacks to her office, act as her chauffeur, handle her dry cleaning, and book a makeup artist to come to her house.

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Things are not looking good for Republican Senator Susan Collins’ reelection

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Things are not looking good for Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), who is up for reelection in 2020.

Collins has made a series of votes that are far more conservative than the people in her home state. Collins is one of very few Republicans willing to say that she is pro-choice. Planned Parenthood eve awarded her with an ally award.

When she met with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, however, she said that he believed Roe v. Wade was the law of the land, making her believe that he would never act to undermine it. Then Kavanaugh ruled to allow such strict abortion laws in Louisiana that it would leave just one clinic left for the entire state.

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